MADISON — The University of Wisconsin System has announced the selection of three 2020 Regent Scholar recipients distinguished for their efforts in support of undergraduate research, innovation and entrepreneurship.

The 2020 UW System Regent Scholar grant recipients are:

  • Dr. Elizabeth Glogowski, Associate Professor of Materials Science & Engineering, UW-Eau Claire
    New Branched Stimuli Responsive Polymers for Architectural Coating Applications

Project description: Glogowski’s research is focused on new technologies to improve architectural coatings, particularly materials that will control the viscosity and dispersion of titanium dioxide particulates. Intellectual property protections will also be pursued for these new materials during product development and complement the ongoing work of Glogowski with WiSys on other stimuli-responsive polymer dispersant structures for architectural coatings.

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  • Dr. Karyn Frick, Professor of Psychology, UW-Milwaukee
    Potential memory-enhancing effects of the novel estrogen receptor beta against EGX358 in a mouse model of Alzheimer’s disease

Project description: Frick developed EGX358, an estrogen receptor beta-selective agonist to test the effects on memory formation and brain function in a female mouse model of Alzheimer’s disease. This innovative project will not only advance research into potential AD therapeutics, but also create new intellectual property and spur job creation and workforce development at UW-Milwaukee, Estrigenix Therapeutics, Inc., and elsewhere in Milwaukee.

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  • Dr. Prajukti (Juk) Bhattacharyya, Professor of Geography, Geology, and Environmental Science, UW-Whitewater

Developing Prototype Multimodal Sensors and Wireless Network System for Landslide Monitoring and Early Warning

Project description: Bhattacharyya recognized that there is no uniform system for landslide monitoring, or an instrument to sense multiple factors leading to landslides, perform risk assessment based on the cumulative effects of different risk factors, or provide early warning via electronic communication for evacuation and mitigation purposes. This project aims to design a prototype for such a multimodal sensing mechanism with a built-in algorithm capable of assessing landslide risk and generating early warnings via electronic communication.

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“Our UW System faculty and students are doing amazing research. It is important to recognize this vital work and celebrate the individuals who spearhead these innovations,” said UW System President Ray Cross in a news release.

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